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07 July 3:17 pm

By Jeremy Villanueva

 

FC Dallas may not have a home game tonight, but Toyota Stadium will be packed as four international sides begin their Gold Cup journey.

Panama, Haiti, Honduras and the United States were welcomed to Toyota Stadium and Toyota Soccer Center this week as they prepare for tonight’s doubleheader.

GOLD CUP: FC Dallas has Gold Cup Central covered to track FCD players

“It’s fantastic to see the community involved in the games and to see a training ground full of people coming to see the national teams train and having competition,” FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja said. “…[It’s a] real cup, so it’s great to see how our community can take that opportunity. I like it.”

Five players will represent FCD in the tournament, including forward Blas Perez who will essentially play a home game tonight as his Panamanian squad takes on Haiti. Defender Je-Vaughn Watson, forward Tesho Akindele and midfielder Kyle Bekker open their group stage matches for their respective nations Wednesday. Defender Moises Hernandez will join in on the tournament in Guatemala’s first match Thursday.

VIDEO: Blas Perez kicks off the Gold Cup in his home stadium

“The first time they’re going to play in a Gold Cup for Tesho and Mo means a lot for the club to see how these guys are gaining their spot in the international stage,” Pareja said. “With Blas, Je-Vaughn and Kyle, this is the same. We’re still proud to have players who are important in their national team roster.”

Panama and Haiti will kick off the tournament at 6:00 p.m. tonight(FOX Sports 2) followed by the US and Honduras at 8:30 p.m(FOX Sports 1).

 

29 June 9:46 am

U-S-A! U-S-A! FC Dallas has once again partnered with the Granada Theater to host a watch party on Tuesday evening for the U.S. Women's National Team's semifinal match-up against Germany in the 2015 Women's World Cup. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. kick-off, so swing by after work to support the Red, White and Blue! Tex Hooper and the FC Dallas Girls will be on hand with prizes as well!

Drinks will be available for purchase inside and there will be a chips and dip bar on hand courtesy of Freebirds. Additionally, guests will be allowed to bring in food from Sundown at Granada. For more info and to RSVP, click here

Please note that this is a 21-and-up facility. 

 

12 June 1:44 pm

By Taylor Hester

FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and the U.S. under-20s are back in Auckland to face Serbia in the quarterfinals tonight at 11:30PM on Fox Sports 1.

The expectations for this team before the tournament began were high with the amount of talent on the roster. Guys like Gedion Zelalem, Emerson Hyndman, Cameron Carter-Vickers, and Rubio Rubin are potential USMNT stars. The U.S. didn't win their group, but did advance to the quarters for the first time since 2007. They will now look to advacne to the semi-finals for only the second time and first time since 1989 when Kasey Keller led the U.S. to a Fourth Place finish.

The U.S. should feel confident heading into their game with Serbia. However, they must be careful. The Serbs already knocked CONCACAF rivals Mexico out of the tournament in the Group Stage and the U.S. is now short on attacking power with the injuries to Maki Tall and Bradford Jamieson IV. The U-20s will have to shut down Serbian wonderkid Andrija Živković and win the midfield battle to come out victorious.

The U.S. started off defeating Myanmar 2-1 and host country New Zealand 4-0 in their first two matches. They went into the last match against Ukraine looking like the favorties to win Group A, but fell 3-0, finishing in 2nd place behind Ukraine's seven points. The U.S. were 1-0 winners over Colombia in the Round of 16, advancing to the quarters to play Serbia.

In Group D, Serbia lost to Uruguay 1-0, but won 2-0 agaisnt Mali and Mexico, finishing at the top of their group. Serbia defeated Hungary 2-1 in the Round of 16 because of a 118th-minute own goal by a Hungary defender.

After playing in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Acosta became the youngest member of the US squad at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Acosta played every minute of all four games in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup before recieving a red card against Colombia. He will now have to sit out tonight due to the red card suspension, and the semi-final match (if the U.S. advances) because of yellow card accumulation. 

Should Acosta and the U.S. U-20s advance to the semi-finals, they would play the winner of Germany and Mali on June 17.

Here's the schedule/results and how to watch on your TV, phone, computer, and tablet:

USMNT U-20s vs. Myanmar

Fox Sports 1 Channel Listings

DirecTV: 219

Time Warner Cable: 56

AT&T U-verse: 652

Dish: 150

Final: USA 2, Myanmar 1

Friday, May 29 at 11:00pm CT

USMNT U-20s vs. New Zealand

Final: USA 4, New Zealand 0

Tuesday, June 2 at 2:00am CT

USMNT U-20s vs. Ukraine

Final: USA 0, Ukraine 3

Friday, June 5 at 2:00am CT

USMNT U-20s vs. Colombia (Round of 16)

Final: USA 1, Colombia 0

Wednesday, June 10 at 2:30am CT

USMNT U-20s vs. Serbia (Quarterfinals)

When: Saturday, June 13 at 11:30pm CT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Computer/Tablet/Phone: Fox Sports Go

 
09 June 2:52 pm

By Taylor Hester

FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and the Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team are in Wellington prepping for their Round of 16 match with Colombia tonight at 2:30AM on Fox Sports 1. 

The expectations for this team before the tournament began were high with the amount of talent on the roster. Guys like Gedion Zelalem, Emerson Hyndman, Cameron Carter-Vickers, and Rubio Rubin are potential USMNT stars. The U.S. didn't win their group, but did reach the Round of 16 for the first time since 2007.

James Rodriguez and the Colombian Men's National Team were the breakout team of the 2014 World Cup last year, but the Colombia U-20s aren't following the same script. The team scored only three goals in the Group Stage and just squeaked by Senegal for 2nd place. However, the U.S. can't overlook this Colombian team that has a lot of flair and speed. 

The U.S. U-20s started off defeating Myanmar 2-1 and host country New Zealand 4-0 in their first two matches. They went into the last match against Ukraine looking like the favorties to win Group A, but fell 3-0, finishing in 2nd place behind Ukraine's seven points.

In Group C, Colombia beat Qatar 1-0, tied Senegal 1-1, and lost to Portugal 3-1 in their final match. Colombia finished tied with Senegal on four points, recieving 2nd place because of goal differential.

After playing in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Acosta became the youngest member of the US squad at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Acosta has played every minute of all three games in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, helping the U.S. to their 2nd place finish in Group A. He's now gearing up for one of the most important games of his young career, hoping to lead the U-20s to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2007.

Should Acosta and the U.S. U-20s advance to the quarterfinals, they would play the winner of Serbia and Hungary on Sunday June 14.

Here's the schedule/results and how to watch on your TV, phone, computer, and tablet:

USMNT U-20s vs. Myanmar

Fox Sports 1 Channel Listings

DirecTV: 219

Time Warner Cable: 56

AT&T U-verse: 652

Dish: 150

Final: USA 2, Myanmar 1

Friday, May 29 at 11:00pm CT

USMNT U-20s vs. New Zealand

Final: USA 4, New Zealand 0

Tuesday, June 2 at 2:00am CT

USMNT U-20s vs. Ukraine

Final: USA 0, Ukraine 3

Friday, June 5 at 2:00am CT

USMNT U-20s vs. Colombia (Round of 16)

When: Wednesday, June 10 at 2:30am CT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Computer/Tablet/Phone: Fox Sports Go

 

 

05 June 10:03 am

FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and the Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team fell to Ukraine in the final match of the group stage, finishing in 2nd place in Group A with six points.

Acosta played the full 90 minutes at left back again for the U-20s. He's played every minute of all three games in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, helping the U.S. to thier 2nd place finish. 

USA is now in Wellington prepping for their Round of 16 match with Colombia on Wednesday, June 10. In Group C, Colombia beat Qatar 1-0, tied Senegal 1-1, and lost to Portugal 3-1 to finish 2nd place in their group.

Should Acosta and the U.S. U-20s advance to the Quarterfinals, they would play the winner of Serbia and Hungary.

 

02 June 10:10 am

FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and the Under-20 U.S. men's national team routed host country New Zealand, 4-0, in the wee hours of Tuesday morning - securing an advancement to the knockout stage of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

After narrowly edging Myanmar 2-1 in the first game of the group stage, the U-20s bounced back in a big way. Bradford Jameison IV, Rubio Rubin, captain (and ex-FCD academy player) Emerson Hyndman, Paul Arriola all scored. Gedion Zelalem also played a vital role in the win.

Improving to a 2-0-0 record, the U.S. is already guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage before playing Ukraine in the final game of the group stage. The U.S. currently sits at the top of their group with a perfect six out of six points.

Acosta played the full 90 minutes at left back in both wins and his solid veteran presence helped solidify the back line.

The U-20s play Ukraine Friday to determine who wins the group. Ukraine currently has four points after drawing New Zealand 0-0 and beating Myanmar 6-0.

 

28 May 4:10 pm

FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and the U-20 U.S. Men's National Team are in New Zealand for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The World Cup kicks off locally May 30 and ends June 20. The U-20s were drawn into a group with Myanmar, Ukraine, and the host country New Zeleand.

Acosta is projected to start as a center midfielder along with ex-FCD Academy player, and captain of the US U-20s, Emerson Hyndman. After playing in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Acosta became the youngest member of the US squad at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

Some other highly-touted players in the tournament to keep an eye on are Andreas Pereira (Brazil), Julian Brandt (Germany), Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria), Gedion Zelalem (USA) and Hirving Lozano (Mexico).

Here's the schedule and how to watch each game on your TV, phone, computer, and tablet:

USMNT U-20s vs. Myanmar

Fox Sports 1 Channel Listings

DirecTV: 219

Time Warner Cable: 56

AT&T U-verse: 652

Dish: 150

Final: USA 2, Myanmar 1

Friday, May 29 at 11:00pm CT

USMNT U-20s vs. New Zealand

Final: USA 4, New Zealand 0

Tuesday, June 2 at 2:00am CT

USMNT U-20s vs. Ukraine

Final: USA 0, Ukraine 3

Friday, June 5 at 2:00am CT

USMNT U-20s vs. Colombia (Round of 16)

When: Wednesday, June 10 at 2:30am CT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Computer/Tablet/Phone: Fox Soccer 2GO

27 January 4:59 pm

It'll be just a little bit longer until Homegrown signing Alex Zendejas joins the FCD first team. 

As expected, he's been called back into U-17 Residency as they prepare for the CONCACAF Championships and hopefully U-17 World Cup. Here's the full release from US Soccer:

CHICAGO (Jan. 27, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has invited 28 players to the 2015 Spring Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

In late February and early March, the U-17 MNT will be participating in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup for the CONCACAF region.

“This is an important semester for us and an important year for this cycle,” Williams said. “With World Cup qualifying at the beginning of March, it will be important for us to continue training well and performing well. We also need to find a balance with this group and some of the players who are not with us on a regular basis to form a 20-man roster that will head to qualifying to compete and get results.”

The U-17 Residency Program roster features 24 players who were with the team during the 2014 fall semester. The four newcomers to the group are defender Matthew Constant, midfielder Giuseppe Barone and forwards Elvir Ibisevic and Josh Perez.

The Residency roster also includes 25 players currently registered with Development Academy clubs, and 27 in all with ties to the Academy.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Will Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (9): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Matthew Constant (Dallas Texans; Carrollton, Texas), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Giuseppe Barone (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves; Grandville, Mich.), George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Luka Prpa (Chicago Magic PSG; Wind Lake, Wis.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)

FORWARDS (8): Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC; Port Chester, N.Y.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL; Durham, N.C.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Elvir Ibisevic (Sporting Iowa; Urbandale, Iowa), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.)

About the U-17 Residency Program:

The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and train in the morning under the guidance of the U.S. U-17 MNT coaching staff. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily, but also has access to the IMG Academy facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists who work at the Academy. The IMG Academies include top-of-the-line soccer equipment, Bermuda grass fields, renovated student housing and dining facilities.

Since its inception, approximately 400 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 players have moved on to Major League Soccer and other professional leagues.

The first full-time U.S. Soccer Residency Program began on Jan. 17, 1999, when U.S. Soccer collected 20 of the country’s elite youth players to train year-round.

22 January 1:32 pm

As you probably already know, FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges and reigning AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele are currently in training camp with the U.S. Men's National Team. Before heading to Santiago, Chile next week for the USMNT's first friendly of the year, the boys have been training in Carson, CA at the StubHub Center, home of the LA Galaxy.

Our friends at the Galaxy were kind enough to snap some training photos and send them our way this week. So we picked out EVERY photo featuring Matt or Tesho (whether they were the focus of the picture or not) to share with you. ENJOY!

Photo Credit: Hana Asano (Click on photo for larger version)


Headers with Matt!

Kicks with Tesho!

Blurry Matt.

Blurrier Matt!

Tesho lurking in the background.

How many differences can you spot in this photo?

"Do blondes really have more fun?"

Tesho vs. Jermaine! Fourth of July preview, anyone?

Tesho wins!

Blurry Tesho photobomb!

 

05 January 10:50 am

US Soccer U-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named his squad for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship which begins on Friday in Jamaica and, as expected, FC Dallas Homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta was one of the 20 players named for the tournament which serves as qualifying for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Acosta, who was also named as the captain, is one of two players who were also a part of the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team and is expected to start at central midfield for Tab Ramos' side. Kellyn is not the only player with FC Dallas ties on the roster as former FC Dallas Academy midfielder and Dallas native Emerson Hyndman of Fulham FC was also named to the squad setting up what could be an all-Dallas central midfield duo.

The U-20s get the tournament started on Friday, January 9th and will play Guatemala, Panama, Aruba, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago between the 9th and 22nd with all games broadcast live on Fox Sports 2.

Acosta joins Mexican goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez as the two FC Dallas Homegrowns playing in the tournament.

Full release from US Soccer:

CHICAGO (Jan. 5, 2015) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named the 20-player roster for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship running Jan. 9-24 in Jamaica. All five of the USA’s matches will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2. Fans can also follow the action on twitter at @ussoccer_ynt. 

The USA has been drawn into Group A along with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama and Guatemala. The U.S. opens against Guatemala on Jan. 9, followed by Panama (Jan. 11), Aruba (Jan. 14), Jamaica (Jan. 18) and Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 21). 

"Selecting the final 20 players was extremely difficult,” said Ramos. “This is a group that has a lot of depth. It's a group that has gotten good results throughout the last 12 to 14 months, regardless of the players we've had in. A lot of players have made a good case for being on the team, but in the end, unfortunately, you can only take so many (players). I am very happy with the group we've selected. 

“Overall, this is a group made up mostly with professional players, and that's a strength. These are players who are completely dedicated to the sport; players who 100 percent of the time prepare to do well, to get better, and be on the National Team.” 

Four countries will directly qualify from this tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The USA is looking to qualify for its 14th trip to a FIFA World Youth Championship or FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

The U.S. roster includes two members of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team in midfielder Kellyn Acosta and goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Ramos has named Acosta the team captain for the qualifying tournament. Acosta was also a member of the USA’s 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup team, which advanced out of qualifying in Jamaica. Steffen posted a 3-0-1 record for the U-20s in 2014, earning a pair of shutouts during the USA’s championship run at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in Carson, California – a 4-0 win against Bermuda and a scoreless draw against Australia.

Six players on the USA roster represent clubs in Major League Soccer: defenders Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls) and Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC), midfielders Acosta (FC Dallas) and Romain Gall (Columbus Crew), and forwards Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy) and Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes). Gall was the U-20 MNT’s leading goal scorer in 2014 with four tallies in international competition.

Four U-20 MNT players are teammates on Liga MX side Club Tijuana: forwards Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno, midfielder Fernando Arce and defender John Requejo.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Conor Donovan (N.C. State), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached), John Requejo (Club Tijuana), Tyler Turner (Orlando City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Ben Spencer (Molde FK), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes) 

The U-20s went 6-1-2 in international competition and 12-2-2 overall in 2014.

The USA was the runner-up to Mexico at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and advanced to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, where the U.S. earned a draw against eventually World Cup winner France.

This year marks the 25th occasion in which the U.S. U-20 MNT is competing in the CONCACAF Youth Tournament or Championship. The USA has earned second place in the qualification tournament six times (1980, 1982, 1986, 1992, 2009, 2013), but has yet to win a CONCACAF U-20 Championship title.

Qualifying Format Change: The CONCACAF U-20 Championship format has changed for 2015 and is now comprises two groups of six teams. Previous tournaments featured four groups of three teams. Under the new setup, the first-place teams in Group A and Group B will automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and advance to face each other in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final. The second- and third-place teams in each group (four teams) will be reseeded based on group-stage results to form a playoff group. In this playoff stage, the top seed will play the No. 4 seed and the second seed will face the No. 3 seed. The two winners from these respective games will also qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Eyes on New Zealand 2015: The U.S. has qualified for 13 FIFA World Youth Championships/FIFA U-20 World Cups and has its sights set on No. 14 in 2015. The 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand will be held from May 30-June 20 in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington and Whangarei. The final draw will be held on Feb. 10. The USA’s best World Cup finish was a fourth-place performance at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship.